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Terps aim for 2-0 start Saturday at Temple

Posted on 07 September 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland football team takes to the road for the first time of the 2012 season when it faces Temple at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday at noon. The Terrapins will look to build upon a 7-6 season-opening win over William & Mary in which 14 players made their Maryland debut, including 12 true freshmen. The defense kept the team in the game, allowing Justus Pickett to run for the game-winning score in the fourth quarter.

First-and-10

• A dominant defensive effort by the Terps enabled the win in week one. Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield made 13 tackles and helped seal the game with a fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter. Defensive lineman Joe Vellano had 11 stops – two of them for loss – and an interception. In all, the defense recorded 10 tackles for loss, four sacks and held William & Mary to just 2.5 yards per carry (41 attempts, 104 yards). Hartsfield, the ACC’s active career leader in tackles, and Vellano, a 2011 second team All-American, highlight the 10 starters returning to the Maryland defense this season.

• The offense was set to return five starters, including three of its top four receivers from last season in wideouts Kevin Dorsey and Kerry Boykins, and tight end Matt Furstenburg. Junior C.J. Brown, who started five games in 2011 and set the Maryland single-season rushing yards record by a quarterback, was set to assume No. 1 quarterback duties before suffering a torn ACL in a non-contact drill on Aug. 14. Injuries hit both sides of the ball hard during the preseason, as 10 potential starters missed the William & Mary game with various injuries and ailments (see note page 2)..

• Still, Maryland hopes a number of key returnees, combined with a highly touted 2012 recruiting class, will help it reach postseason play for the ninth time in the last 12 years. In addition to Vellano and Hartsfield several playmakers are back on defense. In the secondary, Eric Franklin and Dexter McDougle have plenty of experience, having both started every game last year. Franklin, a senior who has played in 28 career games, led the team in solo tackles (64), ranked second in total tackles (106) and tied for second on the team with four pass breakups. McDougle, meanwhile, led the team with six pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. The Terps also welcome back linebackers Darin Drakeford and Alex Twineand defensive lineman A.J. Francis, all of whom have starting experience. Drakeford is a disruptive force, tying for the league lead last season with four forced fumbles. As a true freshman last year, Twine ended the season as the starter at Will linebacker and averaged 9.8 tackles in his four starts. Francis has played in each of the last 38 games and has 24 career starts.

• Quarterback Perry Hills, who against William & Mary became Maryland’s first true freshman starter since Latrez Harrison in 1999, will direct the offense. Hills overcame a slow start against the Tribe by leading the Terps on a 10-play, 69-yard TD drive in the fourth quarter that proved to be the game winner. Maryland has a young, talented group of skill players around Hills. Pickett, a sophomore, is the veteran in the backfield and is joined by three freshmen in Brandon Ross, Albert Reid and Wes Brown. At receiver, sophomore Marcus Leak and freshman Stefon Diggs each had three receptions in the season opener.

• Diggs is also the kickoff and punt returner, and averaged 16.6 yards on three punt returns against William & Mary. Nathan Renfro secured the punting duties and performed well, averaging 53.0 yards on four punts with a long of 60. His best punt came late in the fourth quarter with Maryland holding on to a one-point lead. Renfro had his 57-yard punt downed at the 2-yard line with 2:17 remaining to help seal the win. With senior Nick Ferrara out of the season opener, freshman Brad Craddock handled the kickoff and place-kicking duties.


Quick Hitters

• Seven players made their first career starts on Saturday against William & Mary: quarterback Perry Hills, running back Albert Reid, safety Sean Davis, defensive back Jeremiah Johnson, linebacker Cole Farrand, nose tackle Darius Kilgo and offensive lineman Nick Klemm.

• In addition to the seven first-time starters, 14 players saw their first action against William & Mary. And of the 44 players that saw time against the Tribe, 25 of them were underclassmen.

• Maryland has 14 true freshmen listed on its two-deep (excluding return men), which is the third most in the FBS (Colorado – 16, Texas – 15).

• Maryland allowed William & Mary to gain just 229 yards of total offense. That’s its best total defensive performance since surrendering 115 to Wake Forest on Oct. 30, 2010.

• The Terps held William & Mary to 2.5 yards per carry. Additionally, 28 of the Tribe’s 41 rushes were for three yards or less, including 15 of 19 in the first half.

• Demetrius Hartsfield recorded a double-digit tackle game against William & Mary by finishing with 13. Hartsfield had seven double-digit efforts in nine games last season. Hartsfield also had a fumble recovery with 1:11 left that sealed the win.

• Head coach Randy Edsall handed out game balls for the win over William & Mary. Marcus Leak got the game ball for offense, Joe Vellano for defense and Nathan Renfro for special teams. Renfro also received honorable mention punter of the week from CollegeFootballPerformance.com.

• Maryland was hit hard by injuries in the preseason. Thirteen players missed the season opener due to various injuries and ailments: defensive linemen Keith Bowers, Isaiah Ross and Andre Monroe; defensive backs Isaac Goins, A.J. Hendy and Matt Robinson; linebackers Kenneth Tate and Abner Logan; quarterbacks C.J. Brown and Dustin Dailey, running back Brandon Ross; offensive lineman Josh Cary; and place-kicker Nick Ferrara. Both Monroe and Brown are out for the season.

• Perry Hills became the first true freshman starter at quarterback for Maryland since Latrez Harrison in 1999. He also became the first freshman to start a season opener since redshirt freshman Calvin McCall on Sept. 2, 1999, in a 6-0 win over Temple.


Maryland-Temple Series History

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Temple, 6-1. The series dates back to 1997; the schools played four years in a row from 1997-2000. Temple’s only win in the series came last year, when it beat the Terps 38-7 in College Park. Maryland is 3-0 when playing at Temple.
• The last meeting in Philadelphia was Oct. 8, 2005. Mario Merrills ran for three touchdowns and Sam Hollenbach passed for 228 yards in a 38-7 victory.

 

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Ferrara, Tate, more remain out for Terps Saturday

Posted on 06 September 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

at Temple

Position

Name

Injury

Status

QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
DL Andre Monroe Knee Out for the season
DB Rashid Conteh Ankle Out
QB Dustin Dailey Ankle Out
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out
DB Isaac Goins Sickness (mono) Out
DB A.J. Hendy Ankle Out
LB Abner Logan Quad Out
DB Matt Robinson Shoulder Out
RB Brandon Ross Hamstring Out
LB Kenny Tate Knee Out
OL Josh Cary Knee Questionable
DL A.J. Francis Ankle Probable
DL Joe Vellano Foot Probable

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 03 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 400 (Saturday 7pm from Richmond live on ABC); Boxing: Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson (Saturday 9:45pm from Oakland live on HBO); High School Football: Catonsville @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm), Patriot Football Classic: DeMatha vs. Calvert Hall (Friday 7:30pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), St. Peter’s Prep vs. McDonogh (Saturday 10:30am Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), Landon vs. Annapolis Area Christian School (Saturday 1:30pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), Don Bosco vs. Gilman (Saturday 7:30pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)

10. Jason Aldean/Luke Bryan (Saturday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live), RUSH (Sunday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Ben Harper (Tuesday 7:30pm Wolf Trap); Theory Of A Deadman/Pop Evil (Wednesday 6pm Power Plant Live), Third Eye Blind (Thursday 8pm Power Plant Live); Joe Nichols (Friday 7pm Recher Theatre); Bob Mould (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Jesus And Mary Chain (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Owl City (Monday 6pm 9:30 Club); Boyz II Men (Thursday & Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); Sister Hazel (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Oak Ridge Boys (Friday 7:30pm Maryland Theraputic Riding Farm); Imagine Dragons “Night Visions” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’m an unabashed Third Eye Blind fan. This tune rules. See you Saturday.

I couldn’t tell you if I enjoyed Joe Nichols. I can tell you that I enjoy sleepy little smiles…

Were you listening to “Web Junk” the other day when I played the clip of Boyz II Men singing “End of the Road” with Charles Barkley? Did you hear me singing along? You can assume I am again as you listen this time…

Sister Hazel is playing Arundel Mills on my birthday. Don’t ask. Just invite.

9. Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Gabriel Iglesias (Friday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Laugh Til It Hurts feat. Anthony Anderson/Bill Bellamy (Saturday 7pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Tommy Davidson (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday Revel Grove); Ukrainian Festival (Saturday & Sunday Patterson Park)

I once stumbled into the Ukrainian Festival after a Ravens game once a few years back. I couldn’t have had more fun. There was dancing, sausage and potato pancakes. It was a lot like my 13th birthday party…except we did all of those things at the old Funjungle in Perry Hall.

And since there’s at least half a chance I’ll forget to say something about these guys during the course of RennFest, I should probably do it now. These guys are Hack and Slash. They’re humorous fellas…

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Georgetown, Temple highlight Towson non-conference hoops schedule

Posted on 22 August 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON ANNOUNCES 2012-13 NON-CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
The Tigers Will Face Four Teams That Qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament During Their Non-Conference Slate

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play 13 games, including four contests against teams that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament, during the non-conference portion of its 2012-13 schedule, Tiger head coach Pat Skerry announced today.

The Tigers, who played the most difficult non-conference schedule in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) last year, will face off against teams from 12 different conferences during this year’s slate of non-league games. The BIG EAST, Pac-12 and Atlantic-10 are just three of the conferences with members on the Tigers’ non-conference schedule this season.

“Our non-conference schedule will once again challenge us from beginning to end,” said Skerry. “We face a number of really good teams from a number of quality conferences. I think the caliber of teams we’ll go up against will prepare our guys for the rigors of CAA play.”

The Tigers will host a pair of exhibition games at the Towson Center, taking on Bloomsburg University on November 1 and Goldey-Beacom on Nov. 12. Sandwiched in between the exhibitions will be the Tigers’ regular season opener at the College of Charleston on Nov. 9. The Cougars won 19 games last season and are usually among the front-runners in the Southern Conference.

After the exhibition finale, Towson will take part in the Eastern Kentucky Tournament in Richmond, Ky. The Tigers will be challenged with four games in four days, taking on Radford (Nov. 16), Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 17), Kennesaw State (Nov. 18) and Cincinnati Christian (Nov. 19).

Towson will then renew a pair of local rivalries, traveling to reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier Loyola (Md.) on Nov. 26 and battling UMBC at the Retriever Activities Center Arena on Dec. 1. The Tigers will be meeting the Greyhounds for the 71st time and the Retrievers for the 54th time.

After that Towson faces a tough stretch of three consecutive road games against teams that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will be at Vermont on Dec. 5, Georgetown on Dec. 8 and Temple on Dec. 12.

The regular season home opener is slated for Dec. 15 when North Dakota State comes to the Towson Center Arena for a 7 p.m. tip. The Tigers will then be part of a doubleheader with the Towson women’s basketball team on Dec. 19. The women’s team will compete against Bucknell at 5 p.m. with the men’s squad slated to play Coppin State at 7:30 p.m.

The Tigers will conclude their non-conference slate of games on Dec. 29 when they travel across the country to take on Oregon State out of the Pac-12 Conference. The Tigers and Beavers met this past season in the Towson Center Arena with President Barack Obama on hand to watch. Oregon State’s head coach, Craig Robinson, is Obama’s brother-in-law.

Stay tuned to TowsonTigers.com for the remainder of the 2012-13 men’s basketball schedule once the CAA slate of games are announced.

Towson University 2012-13 Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

Date                       Opponent                                              Time
November 1          Bloomsburg (exhibition)                    TBD
November 9         at College of Charleston                   7:00 p.m.
November 12        Goldey-Beacom                                   TBD
November 16        vs. Radford*                                         TBD
November 17        at Eastern Kentucky*                        TBD
November 18        vs. Kennesaw State*                         TBD
November 19        vs. Cincinnati Christian*                    TBD
November 26       at Loyola (Md.)                                     TBD
December 1          at UMBC                                                 TBD
December 5         at Vermont                                          TBD
December 8         at Georgetown                                    TBD
December 12        at Temple                                             TBD
December 15        North Dakota State                            7:00 p.m.
December 19        Coppin State                                        7:30 p.m.
December 29       at Oregon State                                  TBD

*Games part of Eastern Kentucky Tournament in Richmond, Ky.

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Maryland-Temple kickoff time announced

Posted on 07 June 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland-Temple Game Time Announced

Terps’ first road game of 2012 will start at noon and be shown on ESPNU

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Maryland’s first road game of the 2012 season, a matchup against Temple on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, will kick off at noon EDT and be shown nationally on ESPNU.

ESPN and the Big East Conference office announced a select group of game times and television outlets Thursday afternoon.

Maryland opens the season at home vs. William & Mary on Saturday, Sept. 1. That game will begin at 3 p.m. from Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium and be video streamed on ESPN3.

The Terps’ second home nonconference contest, a tilt vs. UConn on Saturday, Sept. 15, will begin at 12:30 p.m. and be televised regionally on the ACC Network.

Kick times for remaining games will be announced at a later date.

Atlantic Coast Conference game times are generally declared 12 days prior to the contest. The start times for Maryland’s other nonconference road game (at West Virginia, Sept. 22) will be announced by the Big 12 office.

A variety of season-ticket options are available starting as low as $114. There are also family 4-packs available for $420 and season-ticket holders have the ability to spread their cost over six monthly installments.

To view Maryland’s schedule, go to:

http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/md-m-footbl-sched.html 

Terp Notes:

Edsall to Play in Two Charity Golf Events: Head coach Randy Edsall will participate in a pair of charity golf tournaments this month. He is scheduled to play in Monday’s 25th Annual Safeway Foundation Celebrity Pro-Am in Ellicott City, Md., which benefits Easter Seals in the Washington-Baltimore region. Edsall will also take part in the 16th Annual National Capital Golf Classic on Monday, June 18 at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Va. That event will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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Your Monday Reality Check-Shouldn’t Rice & Flacco deals have been done by now?

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Your Monday Reality Check-Shouldn’t Rice & Flacco deals have been done by now?

Posted on 04 June 2012 by Glenn Clark

It was as if there were some in the sports broadcasting universe that wanted to remind me that the Baltimore Orioles have been struggling mightily as of late.

Sure, they’re just one game out of first place at the time I type this, but the Birds sadly appear to be in a downward spiral that unfortunately most of us expected.

I’ve been a regular “Baltimore expert” for SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio since the channel’s inception, and I rotate having conversations with hosts about the O’s and the Baltimore Ravens. When I received a call last week asking me to appear on the channel, I assumed the conversation would go in the direction of the O’s, as I’ve made about four Orioles-related guest spots already this season.

But when the producer asked me if I’d be interested in talking some Ravens football, I was admittedly caught off guard. “It’s still baseball season” I thought. Just one night later I received a call from another producer on the channel, also asking me to make an appearance to discuss the Purple & Black.

So on both Friday & Saturday night of this past weekend I found myself talking Ravens football across the country on SXM. It was perhaps the single greatest reminder that in Charm City, a “June Swoon” is a great reminder that Training Camp isn’t particularly far away.

As the 2011 football season ended, there were two main narratives surrounding the defending AFC North Champs. One was surrounding the pending free agency of RB Ray Rice. The other surrounded the future of QB Joe Flacco, who was set to enter the final year of his rookie contract. The Ravens’ season ended 132 days ago in Foxborough (at least as of the time I wrote this) and yet seemingly little progress has been made regarding either situation.

It leads to the question (at least for me), “what’s taking so long to get this stuff done?”

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio said in a recent appearance on “The Reality Check” (an excellent afternoon radio program on AM1570 WNST.net) that Rice’s agent Todd France was dead set on getting a deal similar to contracts given to Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (seven years, $100 million with $36 million guaranteed) or Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson (four years, $53 million with $30 million guaranteed). The Ravens are believed to be more interested in a deal similar to those recently given to Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (five years, $45 million with $20.76 million guaranteed) or Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (five years, $43.5 million with $20.75 guaranteed).

On top of that, a source with knowledge of talks revealed to me in recent weeks the Rice camp has a desire to see the running back’s deal exceed the overall value of Flacco’s.

A Carroll County Times report this weekend indicated the Ravens “aren’t anywhere close” to getting a deal done with Flacco. Flacco’s negotiating ability has been limited by the fact that contracts signed by quarterbacks not named Peyton Manning this offseason have been less than overwhelming financially. Manning landed a five year, $96 million deal, but if he’s healthy the Denver Broncos believe him capable of being Peyton Manning. The highlights of other QB contracts this offseason have been San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith (three years, worth up to $33 million with with $16.5 million guaranteed) and Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Flynn (three years, $26 million with $10 million guaranteed).

Neither deal is helpful to Flacco’s agent Joe Linta, although despite all of the goofy conversation nationally about Flacco’s standing against other National Football League quarterbacks, there simply could not be any argument either of those two quarterbacks have accomplished as much as Flacco. Humorously, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo’s deal is up a season after Flacco’s. There had been rumors the Chicago Bears were interested in getting a new deal done with QB Jay Cutler, a decision that could have been helpful in figuring out the parameters of a Flacco contract.

Remember when I asked “what’s taking so long to get this stuff done?” Yeah, I’m aware that I’ve essentially answered my own question.

In both of my chats on SiriusXM this weekend I was asked what expected would ultimately happen with these situations. It was remarkably difficult to answer.

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Maryland-UConn game to kick off at 12:30, air on ACC Network

Posted on 17 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland-UConn Game Time Announced

Terps’ second home game of 2012 will start at 12:30 p.m. and be shown on ACC Network

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland’s third football game of the 2012 season, a home contest against the University of Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 15, will kick off at 12:30 p.m. ET and be shown regionally on the ACC Network.

The Atlantic Coast Conference office announced game times and television outlets for the first three weeks of the 2012 season on Thursday.

The start time for Maryland’s season opener vs. William & Mary (Sept. 1) was previously announced. That contest will begin at 3 p.m. from Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The ACC confirmed the game will be streamed on ESPN3.

Kick times for remaining games will be announced at a later date.

Conference game times are generally declared 12 days prior to the contest. Start times for Maryland’s two nonconference road games (at Temple, Sept, 8; at West Virginia, Sept. 22) will be announced by the Big East and Big 12, respectively.

 

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Ravens add five rookie free agents, release four

Posted on 15 May 2012 by WNST Staff

For Immediate Release

RAVENS ROSTER MOVES

The Baltimore Ravens have signed the following rookie free agents:

No.  Name                      Pos.      Ht.        Wt.       Birthdate      Exp.      College

89    Matt Balasavage    TE          6-4        256       2/15/89        R            Temple

42    Nigel Carr                LB          6-2        232       1/22/90        R            Alabama State

87    Bruce Figgins          TE          6-4        272       12/7/88        R            Georgia

41    Jordan Mabin         CB         5-11      180       10/31/88     R            Northwestern

1    Chester Stewart     QB         6-3        214       1/26/89        R            Temple
To make room for the additions, the Ravens released the following rookie free agents:

FB Jamison Berryhill (Texas)

DB Charles Brown (North Carolina)

LB Eltoro Freeman (Auburn)

TE Nick Provo (Syracuse)

 

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Bernard Pierce apologizes to Glenn for 5 TDs vs. Maryland Terps

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Bernard Pierce apologizes to Glenn for 5 TDs vs. Maryland Terps

Posted on 28 April 2012 by WNSTV

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Ravens trade up in third round to draft Temple RB Bernard Pierce

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Ravens trade up in third round to draft Temple RB Bernard Pierce

Posted on 27 April 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — With uncertainty surrounding the status of Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, the Ravens decided to address the issue by selecting talented Temple running back Bernard Pierce in the third round.

Trading their 91st and 164th selections to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for the 84th overall pick, Baltimore adds depth to the running back position with a talented runner who produced two 1,000-yard rushing campaigns in his collegiate career before electing to leave Temple after his junior season.

“He’s bigger [than Rice],” said general manager Ozzie Newsome, who denied Pierce’s selection being connected to Rice’s contract situation. “He’s bigger, but he is a runner that can run very well on the inside as well as on the outside.”

Pierce was especially potent in his final season with the Owls, rushing for 1,578 yards and 26 touchdowns. The Temple running back gained notoriety locally when he ran for 149 yards and five touchdowns in a 38-7 rout over Maryland last September.

With Rice remaining unsigned after receiving the franchise tag from the Ravens in early March, the Ravens were extremely thin at running back with only second-year options Anthony Allen and Damien Berry on the offseason roster. Pierce will presumably step into the role left behind by veteran Ricky Williams, who announced his retirement in February.

“What I like about him is he is really good down in the red zone,” director of player personnel Eric DeCosta said. “Also, on the goal line, he is a real physical guy. He can lower his pads and does a really nice job down there. Impressive.”

Listen to Pierce’s conference call with the Baltimore media here.

Check out Pierce’s Wikipedia profile here.

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